2007 ORS § 419C.001¹
Purposes of juvenile justice system in delinquency cases
  • audits

(1) The Legislative Assembly declares that in delinquency cases, the purposes of the Oregon juvenile justice system from apprehension forward are to protect the public and reduce juvenile delinquency and to provide fair and impartial procedures for the initiation, adjudication and disposition of allegations of delinquent conduct. The system is founded on the principles of personal responsibility, accountability and reformation within the context of public safety and restitution to the victims and to the community. The system shall provide a continuum of services that emphasize prevention of further criminal activity by the use of early and certain sanctions, reformation and rehabilitation programs and swift and decisive intervention in delinquent behavior. The system shall be open and accountable to the people of Oregon and their elected representatives.

(2)(a) Programs, policies and services shall be regularly and independently audited. Audits performed under this subsection must include program audits and performance audits, as defined in ORS 297.070 (Criteria for audits). Programs, policies and services that were established before, on or after June 30, 1995, are subject to audit under this subsection.

(b) The programs, policies and services of county juvenile departments shall be subject to regular review pursuant to this subsection.

(c) The Secretary of State shall perform an audit that includes the performance of county juvenile departments.

(d) ORS 297.405 (Definitions for ORS 297.020, 297.230, 297.405 to 297.740 and 297.990) to 297.555 (Short title) do not apply to an audit conducted pursuant to this subsection.

(e) Notwithstanding ORS 297.040 (Payment of costs and expenses of audits authorized by ORS 297.030), the costs and expenses of audits conducted under this subsection may not be charged to the county juvenile departments. The Secretary of State shall pay the costs and expenses of audits conducted under this subsection from funds available to the Secretary of State.

(3) To facilitate an audit under subsection (2) of this section:

(a) The Secretary of State may subpoena witnesses, require the production of books and papers and the rendering of reports in such manner and form as the Secretary of State requires and may do all things necessary to secure a full and thorough investigation.

(b) The custodian of information that the Secretary of State deems necessary to conduct the audit shall provide the Secretary of State or the auditor selected by the Secretary of State access to the information notwithstanding the fact that the information may be made confidential or access to the information restricted by ORS 419A.255 (Maintenance) or another law. Information obtained by the Secretary of State or the auditor pursuant to this paragraph and made confidential by ORS 419A.255 (Maintenance) or another law may be used by the Secretary of State, the officers and employees of the Secretary of State or the auditor solely for the purpose of performing the audit required by subsection (2) of this section and may not be used or disclosed for any other purpose. [1995 c.422 §1a; 2001 c.904 §16; 2007 c.688 §1]

Note: Section 2, chapter 688, Oregon Laws 2007, provides:

Sec. 2. (1) The Secretary of State shall perform an audit that includes no fewer than four counties each biennium during the 2007-2009 and 2009-2011 biennia.

(2) No later than September 1, 2010, the Secretary of State shall submit to the Legislative Assembly a report containing the results of the audits of county juvenile departments and including recommendations for the most efficient collection of future audit data. [2007 c.688 §2]